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Sir Hugh Andrew Montague Allan (October 13, 1860 – September 26, 1951) was a Canadian banker, ship owner, and a sportsman who donated the Allan Cup, the trophy symbolic of men's amateur ice hockey supremacy in Canada. He was born in Montreal.

An Ice Hockey enthusiast, Sir Montagu donated The Allan Cup in 1908, as a championship trophy for senior hockey, which is still competed for today. Like the Stanley Cup, the Allan Cup was originally a challenge trophy, meaning teams could issue challenges to the reigning champion, hoping to defeat them and earn the status of champion for themselves. But when challenges for the Allan Cup grew so frequent that they became unmanageable, the format was altered in 1914 so that regional champions would compete for this prestigious national trophy.

Beginning in 1920, when hockey was first introduced to the Olympic Games, the reigning Allan Cup champion was chosen to represent Canada. This continued until Father David Bauer (ice hockey) introduced a national hockey program that produced a team of selects at the 1964 Olympic Games.

For his contribution to the sport of Ice Hockey, in 1945 he was made a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Builders category . His cousin, Lady Isobel Brenda (Allan) Meredith (1867-1959) donated the Lady Meredith Cup in 1920, which was the first ice hockey trophy to be competed for amongst women in Canada. She was the wife of his friend Sir Vincent Meredith, 1st Baronet of Montreal.

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